What makes The Irishman better is that it also has the likes of Al Pacino – who’s apparently back in form – and Joe Pesci – who’s come out of retirement – all the while being directed by one of the most respected filmmakers in cinema history, Martin Scorsese.
The film has been eagerly awaited for a long time, as soon as it was announced in fact, and since its release on Netflix yesterday (27th November) the reviews have been pretty favourable.
Even before then, weeks and weeks before its release, The Irishman had amassed 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with stunning critic reviews left, right and centre.
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said:
“It’s the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I’ve seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me.”
Esquire added that The Irishman:
“isn’t just any old mob movie or Goodfellas-lite, but rather a haunting, poignant, twilight-of-the-gods drama tinged with regret, driven by monumental ambition, and smothered in the red sauce of violence.”
Now though, us normal plebs have been allowed to watch The Irishman and for the most part, it’s gone down dangerously well.
The film is a pretty long three and a half hours, meaning that it’s one of those films that you sort of have to clear the day for. It’s not like you can get home from work, have dinner and then stick The Irishman on; you’d be up way past your bed time.
You can watch The Irishman on Netflix now.
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